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“Great Moroccan food in Wilsonville that you've probably driven by”
Review of Dar Essalam

Dar Essalam
Ranked #1 of 80 Restaurants in Wilsonville
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Wilsonville
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Moroccan food in Wilsonville that you've probably driven by”
Reviewed 3 April 2014

Do I write a review about a "neighborhood secret" and lose the secret? Yes! It seems to be getting out, anyway, and this place is worth putting on a "regular list." The ambiance is very nice - it's in a small strip across from a park, but that's all left behind upon walking through the door. A pot of Moroccan spearmint tea is a good way to start, and the "standard" stuff like kabobs are there, but the tajine (hearty, savory stew, with plenty of warm pita to sop it up) is the main event, especially in winter. We actually do far more takeout than dine-in, and a tajine to go will more than satisfy. I go for the lamb shank, but it's one of the few places where I'd order chicken. Most of the menu is gluten-free on its own, so it doesn't require special preparation (just make that clear to avoid the pita). This is a meal to be savored: tajines take 20-30 min to make, so order a pot of tea, relax, and enjoy (or call it, pick it up, and enjoy). No alcohol is served, and the food does just fine on its own.

  • Visited March 2014
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English first
Wilsonville, Oregon
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Surprising location for such a nice place!”
Reviewed 5 March 2014

I have been here twice now, once with my son who is a real foodie, and once with girlfriends. Couldn't believe there was such a wonderful place is such a sleepy town. I thought the lamb Tisane was out of this world. Also had a spinach dish which was excellent as well. The staff is knowledgeable and the owner checks in with each and every guest at least once. The tea was a little sweet for my taste, but the pita and humus was wonderful!

  • Visited February 2014
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Wilsonville, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Outstanding food and service”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Our favorite restaurant in Wilsonville! We have dined here multiple times, by ourselves, with family and with out-of-town guests. Consistently excellent food and wonderful service. The cook often visits the dining area to make sure you are happy, making personal suggestions and customizing your dish. I usually order a favorite, like kabobs. My husband, more adventurous, usually differs to the chef and is always delighted with what is presented to him. As stated by others, fabulous food, presentation and not-to-be-missed mint tea!

  • Visited March 2014
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“If you like trying new places and cuisines this is surely you do not want to miss.”
Reviewed 21 January 2014 via mobile

My rating is 4.5 and not 5/5. Had lunch at this place. Great mint tea. Awesome pita and hummus which was complimentary. Are shrimp kobbabs. Will not say it was awesome wanting me for more, but was just as it should have been. Saffron rice was nice. I also tasted some spinach dish (do not remember the name) which was very good. I would rather order that next time around.

Finally the Casablanca fruit desert which is fruits and sauce baked with ice cream on top. It is nice and good. Need at least 3 people to share. Even 4 would do.

Overall if you like trying new places and cuisines this is surely you do not want to miss.

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Wilsonville, Oregon
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Excellent food, really nice people.”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

This is a great secret in Wilsonville. It's a full-family endeavor, and they are very happy to help you navigate the menu. The food is quite good, you will leave with a full belly and good vibes.

  • Visited October 2013
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